I knew it wouldn’t be long before I found some inspiration to mull over. Judgement is a word i’ve heard a lot recently, used in a negative fashion to put people down. People judging this that and the other, stop judging me, who are you to judge etc etc. But what actually is the negative side of judging? To me, it isn’t actually the action of judging that’s bad, it’s how it’s applied to a situation. We use our judgement every day in one way or another – is that a bad thing? Definitely not, how are we to make decisions if we don’t ever use our judgement?

So what is the negative element to this? Is it how we judge others’ actions? How do we actually judge people – do we judge others by our own ideals, or do we live and let live? And even if we live and let live what would we be if we didn’t actually care about others’ actions and didn’t apply our principles to others’ actions? If we live and let live does that mean we stand by and let others get hurt because of fear of judging the perpetrator?

Isn’t how we use our judgment to judge the behaviour of others how we choose our circle of friends? Those who think like us? Have the same ideals? Judging can be taken to extremes, and it is when the extremes are reached that judgement truly becomes a negative thing. For example, you might judge that someone has done something extremely badly. But the next step is the important thing, what you do as a result. Do you tell that person? Is it your place to tell them? Or is it something you file away for if you are ever in the same situation? Also, even though you may judge something to be a bad idea, that is only your opinion. To the person involved, it may be something they have judged to be a good idea.

So essentially judging is something that you do when you have a fully formed opinion on a topic. There is no right or wrong to the judgements that you make, but what does make things right or wrong is how you handle this knowledge, and whether your sharing of this is damaging to others. Again, sometimes hearing bad news has to be done for the other parties’ good, but sometimes, such opinions are judged best kept to oneself.